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Thursday, April 14, 2011

M & M Cookies - Pecan Cookies

Farmers Daughters Market is Friday, April 15, at Dothan Nurseries.  We hope you will come for a visit!  I will have my most requested jellies there - hot pepper jelly, blackberry jelly, and mayhaw jelly.  I will have something new this week - pecan sandie bars.  The Bread Lady will have cinnamon, wheat, and orange bread.  Wendy will be there with her wonderful fresh vegetables.  Bobbi from Shelley Catering will have frozen homemade casseroles.  There will be local honey for sale, too.  Amanda will have pecan treats and trail mix.  Susan will have biscotti and cream cheese pound cake.  You've got to try the goat cheeses - vegetable & dessert goat cheese.  We always have samples so please come for a taste.  Dothan Nurseries is on Montgomery Highway, across from Loftin's Wedding Center.  Hope to see ya there!

It has always been a Christmas tradition in our family for my sister, Debra, to make and bring M & M cookies to our parent's home for Christmas.  We all loved them, except for our Daddy.  He said that he did not care for the candy in the cookies.  I decided to make them one year with chopped pecans, instead of the M & M's.  Phillip and Brent loved them and so did our Daddy.  When I make the cookies just for my family, I half the dough and put M & M's in half of the dough and chopped pecans in the other half.  The cookies are so good, especially when they are still warm from the oven.  I think your family will like the cookies, too.

                                                              M & M Cookies

1 cup Crisco Shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups self-rising flour
1 1/2 cups M & M's

Blend shortening and sugar.  Beat in vanilla & eggs.  Sift flour.  Add to sugar and egg mixture and mix well.  Stir in M & M's.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 - 12 min.

Pecan Cookies:

Add chopped pecans instead of M & M's.

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